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MegaCon 2012: Nerds, Doctor Who, and DC's FCBD Plans

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MegaCon 2012, located at the spacious and pristine Orlando Convention Center, welcomed tens of thousands of people this year to rejoice in their mutual interest in comics, anime, and - more so than ever - Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Family

Big comic book names like Marvel legend Stan Lee and DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio were in the house, as well as popular actors Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate), and even one of the guys who got choked by Darth Vader in A New Hope. Whether an attendee was a hardcore nerd or just a Muggle who heard there was some sort of convention in town, there was most certainly something for everyone.

For those who have been to a few conventions where crowded aisles, small rooms for popular panels, and overly aggressive volunteers are the norm, MegaCon was a blessing. Even on Saturday, by far the busiest day, there was enough room to traverse the show room floor without getting a light saber in your eye. Volunteers were well-informed and polite as they directed the immense flow of people traffic to the proper entrances and exits. There were hardly any panels without enough seats, although there was a brief yet audible grumble in the crowd when the Speed Dating host had to turn a long line of boys away. Sadly, they will have to wait until next year to find their personal Princess Peach.

Normally, most big comic announcements are saved for San Diego Comic Con, but during the DC All Access panel, DiDio dropped the news about DC’s Free Comic Book Day plans. They will be handing out an original story penned by Geoff Johns that will feature an impressive splash page intended to showcase the benefits of reading print comics instead of digital. Lining up a few iPads in a row will not compare to holding it in your hands, DiDio joked. Details on the nature of the story were slim, but there was talk that the mystery woman in red named Pandora might make an appearance.

MegaCon Young Avengers

Popular comic creators were given ample space on the main floor. Darwyn Cooke, Greg Capullo, Tony Bedard, and everyone else were all ready and waiting to sign comics and chat about their latest projects with the utmost sincerity towards their fans. Normally waiting in line can be a drag, but getting to watch Amanda Conner pencil and ink a gorgeous Invisible Woman for 20 minutes definitely makes the time fly by.

The media guest area was equally accessible with its many Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Star Wars actors, but Draco Malfoy fans were in for a wait no matter what time they lined up for an autograph from Tom Felton, which showed just how big of a draw the young actor was for attendees. Seeing how Harry Potter does not have comics or anime, it shows that MegaCon is gradually making steps to be more like SDCC, which is inclusive of everything remotely nerd-related in the entertainment industry.

The costumes at the convention were as impressive as ever. There were the standard Stormtroopers, Wolverines, and Links, but there was also a Sonic the Hedgehog in a Mario outfit, a well-done group of Young Avengers, and more Doctor Who characters than you could shake a sonic screwdriver at. These could be picked out in a sea of teenagers cosplaying as their favorite anime character, which ranged from recognizable Pokemon to some truly bizarre stuff, such as a tall, skinny young man dressed up as a nun wearing bright blue short shorts. As said before, something for everyone.

Photo credits: Bryan Pittard.

MegaCon Young Avengers

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